On Thursday, Aug. 29, the faculty and staff got together in the Oyster Bay High School Performing Arts Center (The PAC) to celebrate the new school year that lay ahead.
New Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Laura Seinfeld, set a positive tone for the months ahead and brought an enthusiasm and excitement that was unanimously well received. Her message was simple and to the point. Our number one priority is the students. This message was brought home by Dr. Seinfeld’s involvement of students in the opening remarks for this staff development day. Her belief is that when teachers see school through the eyes of the students, they will have a better understanding of how to approach the subject matter in the classrooms.
As part of Regal Entertainment Group’s Summer Movie Express, Regal is treating the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Boys & Girls Club to blockbuster hits. Regal Entertainment Group is providing the club with a grant to help cover transportation and tickets for its members through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
The Summer Discovery Program at East Woods had another great season. From the huge famous (and shriek-inducing) slip-n-slide to the challenging archery classes, the activities were a blast. This year the camp introduced a few new programs, including weekly karate workshops with Sensei Bill from Kicks Karate, dance classes from Ovations Dance Academy, and tennis lessons. The popular and successful Discovery swim program continued to teach beginner through expert swimmers. The Junior Counselor program for 13- to 15-year-olds offered that special combination of camper and counselor roles. Whether in their movie-making class or helping the younger campers with arts and crafts, these Junior Counselors never stopped smiling.
It’s hard to say goodbye, but all good things must come to an end. Weeks eight and nine at the Boys & Girls Club’s summer camp are an exciting way to close out the “School’s Out” Summer Recreation Program.
During this past week, campers in the K-3 subgroup enjoyed several fun-filled activities including trips to Tobay Park, Chuck E. Cheese, and Long Island Laser Bounce. The annual Luau was enjoyed by all, especially those who did the limbo stick. The trips and events for the upcoming week include, Active Kidz, Bingo, and Ellwood Cinemas.
The Rotary Club of Oyster Bay presented the annual Tom Reardon Scholarship of $1,500 to Caroline Dupré, a St. Dominic High School graduate. Rotary co-presidents Judy Wasilchuk and Bev Zembko made the presentation at the Rotary luncheon at Jack Halyard’s on Wednesday, June 12.
Richard Kirikian, president of the Board of Trustees at Portledge School in Locust Valley, has announced five new members to the Board of Trustees:
Claude Bahnik, ‘90 is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. in Oyster Bay, maker of machine components. Bahnik is an alumnus of Portledge, and he and his family have been Portledge patrons for many years.
Open registration for the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich’s Before and After School Programs is in progress. These programs are open to all children enrolled in the OB-EN School District. Registration packets will be available at the Boys & Girls Clubhouse at One Pine Hollow Road, Oyster Bay. Registration is by mail and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Spaces are limited so don’t delay.
The registrants of the Before School Program, grades K-6, enjoy a light, healthy breakfast and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities before the start of each school day. The program begins at 7 a.m., and transportation is provided to Roosevelt and Vernon schools.
As part of the East Woods fourth grade curriculum, the students went on four field trips to various Long Island destinations … and one field trip came to them. Although the weather didn’t always cooperate (Hurricane Sandy, chilly temperatures), and the destinations weren’t always open as scheduled (Fire Island Lighthouse, Sagamore Hill), the fourth grade students and teachers persevered and enjoyed exploring the history and beauty of Long Island.
The various trips and lessons learned were documented throughout the year by the students and culminated in a wonderful re-telling of their adventures. At the one-room Nassakeag Schoolhouse in Stony Brook the children traveled back in time and experienced life as students in the late 1800s.
All around Nassau County, students are winding up the school year, and often their high school career, with the formal event of the season. It was much the same for the students in the autistic program at the Brookville Center for Children’s Services, though this year’s prom was a first.
The residence program administered by the center educates kids with autism up until age 21, according to Beth Hudson, the senior director at the school. There are 25 students between the Lido Beach and Glen Cove houses, said Amy Keegan, assistant director of community resources at the center.
Sunday, June 23, was a perfect day in Oyster Bay. It was 85 degrees under bright blue skies. You couldn’t have asked for better conditions to celebrate the commencement of the Class of 2013. At the stroke of noon, Matthew Sisia raised his baton and the Oyster Bay High School combined Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble struck the familiar chords of Edward Elgar’s venerable classic, “Pomp and Circumstance.”
The crowd was soon surrounded by a sea of purple and white robes as the graduates marched out the doors of the high school led by the Honorary Marshals from the Class of 2014, Cindy Hom, Aubri Juhasz, Rebecca Layne, Claudia Mastrogiacomo and Halsey Quinn.
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